Alison McGovern

Wirral South

Congratulations to New Ferry Butterfly Park on 20 year anniversary

I would like to begin my column this week by congratulating New Ferry Butterfly Park on its 20 year anniversary.

To mark the occasion there will be a community BBQ this Sunday, August 9, at noon. Attractions will include garden and environmental games and a display on the development of the park over the last 20 years. Lord Lyndon Harrison, who opened the park in 1995 will be in attendance.

New Ferry Butterfly Park is a great community asset and contributes to all that the local area has to offer, including the successful Farmers Market held at New Ferry Village Hall on the second Saturday of every month and shops that have won the You and Yours best food retailer of the year category in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming awards.

However, there are still too many derelict buildings and not enough diversity in the use of the buildings in New Ferry, which is of concern to business owners and residents alike. Yet there is little or no help from the Conservative government.

This is why I have secured a debate in Parliament on September 8 on regeneration as I believe the government need to do more.

I have raised the issue of regeneration in the House of Commons on previous occasions. The cuts to our local authority budget and the ending of the North West Development Agency have hindered regional growth and the development of our area.

I believe the government should take action and I will be making the case for the need for regeneration, not just in New Ferry but across Wirral as well.

It is important that the Government understand how the restraint on regeneration has impacted on local areas and residents.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

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